Does timeout work for your kid?

@george66 (180)
United States
April 6, 2007 9:44pm CST
Does timeout work for your kid? It seems only work at very first beginning for my son. After a few times, then he starts to run away, I can't get him to face the wall. I tried to lock him into laudry room. But my husband disagreed since he thought it made kid fear about dark and small place. Then what can I do to help my son to correct his manner?
3 responses
7 Apr 07
Persist in whatever you decide and you and your husband must agree so that children cannot play one off against the other. If your child is young and misbehaving you must be disciplined yourself. If chores have to get a little behind they must. I hope your husband will help and understand. It only lasts for a short time if you stick at it and will provide dividends in the end with a well balanced child and happy household. If you have a timeout place return your son to it until you are satisfied and do not let him win by running away. You must hold out longer than he does. It is hard work but be strong in faith that it will work. My only basis for this is watching the Nanny programs on the Tv but they worked for some very naughty children there who were mostly only after attention. Praise him when he is good. Give him as much attention as you can when he is good and ignore him and just return him to the timeout place when he misbehaves. Good luck.
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@george66 (180)
• United States
8 Apr 07
Thanks for your suggestion
@Gemmygirl1 (2868)
• Australia
7 Apr 07
I don't believe in locking children in rooms either, it seems cruel & very unecessary. Take things off your son when he does something wrong, take away something he really enjoys, turn the TV off or make him stay in his room but without locking a door. Your husband might be right coz kids are easily traumatized, over here in Australia, locking a child in a confined space is illegal. Have you thought about spanking? I know it's not everyone's idea of good discipline & i don't use it myself but for some parents & some kids it works very well. I guess it depends on what form of discipline you want to use. Also, since your hubby disagrees with the laundry thing, as him what he would do instead! Good Luck!
@george66 (180)
• United States
8 Apr 07
Thanks for your suggestion.
@don4of4 (24)
• United States
17 Oct 09
Timeout worked horrible for our family (at first). The problem was that our kids wouldn't stay in timeout... Finally, me and my wife got so fed up that was made a "Cell" in our basement. Kid goes in, door locks and of problem. As a matter of fact we even hove a time on the door to let our kids out when time it up.